Act the first: The Stupid, it burns!
Like I said, stupid. But there's more.
Act the second: Evil is as evil does.
Dugas saw this kid sleeping on his belly and the 6-foot-6 man bent down to help him. He fed him, gained his confidence, and learned the truth.
Bland wrote, "The boy began to talk. His mom took off when he was 2. He lived with his dad. But he had run away a week ago. He told him why.
"Dugas listened in silence. He had grown up in Portland, Oregon, with attentive parents and a big sister in a nice house. They had taken family vacations and camped every summer. While he might not have had everything he wanted, he had everything he needed.
"Sitting at the table, the boy had inched up his shirt to show Dugas his back. There were lash marks, 63 of them, where he had been hit with a broken car antenna."
Dugas took the kid in. This required filing paperwork, getting cleared by the state as a foster parent, and getting permission from the father to take the kid in. Dugas and eventually adopted him. Last June was his first Father's Day as a father.That was the man who was seen as so evil (for having a MAGA hat) that someone slashed his tire.
This is the sort of story that makes me wonder if this Republic can survive. Democrats have seen Republicans as evil for a long time, but now they're acting stupidly. Violently and stupidly. And that is perhaps causing Republicans - who have long seen Democrats as stupid - to now see them as evil as well.
The middle ground of shared "we're all in this together" that has been a core of political life in this Republic as long as I can remember is fraying. Once those bonds snap, it will get very ugly. Plausibly you could make the argument that we're already in a shooting war, although I don't think that I'd go that far.
Not yet. But going into next year's election campaign we can expect things to get worse, not better.
But it doesn't matter whether you're a good citizen or a good neighbor. Not if you have a MAGA hat on your dashboard. This will not end well.